April 2013 | Taking over 'The Tonight Show'

On April 3, 2013, NBC ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that Jimmy Fallon would succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in spring 2014. Although Leno was still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC made the move because it thought Fallon would do better with younger viewers in the years to come.<br><br>

"We are purposefully making this change when Jay is No. 1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was No. 1," said NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke. "Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent, and this is his time."<br><br>

In a statement Leno congratulated Fallon and said, "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage."

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On April 3, 2013, NBC ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that Jimmy Fallon would succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in spring 2014. Although Leno was still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC made the move because it thought Fallon would do better with younger viewers in the years to come.

"We are purposefully making this change when Jay is No. 1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was No. 1," said NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke. "Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent, and this is his time."

In a statement Leno congratulated Fallon and said, "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage."

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